from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The work of scavengers; street-cleaning; cleansing operations.


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  • I spent yesterday decoupaging, painting, gluing, and scavengering throughout the basement in this house.

    and-the-way Diary Entry and-the-way 2008

  • People are apt to urge that, although it may be fine and merciful to effect those cures, yet, from the point of view of the community at large, it is not a thing to set much store by or that is beneficial, since disease, being a scavengering implement that Nature makes use of, clears off the elements in the population that are of inferior value, and leaves

    Physiology or Medicine 1934 - Presentation Speech 1965

  • In a remarkably short space of time the hyenas and pariah dogs had adopted the habit of scavengering around all the camps and snifting along the track, after the trains, for stray scraps.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 or the Re-Conquest of the Soudan Bennet Burleigh

  • I looked in admiration at this highborn Englishwoman whose true Christian humility enables her to do the scavengering work usually performed only by “untouchables.”

    Autobiography of a Yogi Yogananda, Paramhansa, 1893-1952 1935

  • Christian humility enables her to do the scavengering work usually performed only by "untouchables."

    Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda 1922

  • So the street-scavengering in a certain village has been entrusted to a one-armed cripple, utterly unfit for the business -- why?

    Old Calabria Norman Douglas 1910

  • Chinese cities are left without efficient lighting, draining, or scavengering; and it is astonishing how good the health of the people living under these conditions can be.

    The Civilization of China Herbert Allen Giles 1890

  • What surliest misanthrope would not find this world lovely, were these things done: scoundrels whitewashed; some degree of scavengering upon the gutters; and at a cheap rate, thirdly?

    Latter-Day Pamphlets Thomas Carlyle 1838

  • There is perhaps some endeavor to do a little scavengering; and, as the all-including point, to cheapen the terrible cost of Government: but neither of these enterprises makes progress, owing to impediments.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets Thomas Carlyle 1838

  • I enjoy the feeling of scavengering for ammo and using my bullets wisely -- now i'll probably just be as careless as i want

    Siliconera 2010


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